Samsung Galaxy device suddenly overheating and draining battery? Try this fix


If you're rocking a high-end Samsung Galaxy device and are finding that it's suddenly draining battery at alarming rates, a relatively painless solution may be at hand. The issue, which also causes the handset to become incredibly hot, appears to be caused by Galaxy VR Service. Thankfully, there seems to be a simple workaround.

A number of those in ownership of VR-ready handsets have shared stories on Reddit similar to this:


If that sounds like your Samsung Galaxy device, it's possible that the Gear VR Service and its accompanying packages may be the root cause. The battery haemorrhaging is one symptom, while many have found that their handset also gets incredibly hot:


Thankfully, you can disable Gear VR Service or delete it entirely. Either way, your Galaxy device should be okay thereafter. To get started, open the Settings app on your handset and navigate through Applications --> Application Manager. From there, you should be able to find and uninstall or disable 'Gear VR Service'. You may also want to go ahead and remove or stop any other related VR / Oculus services and packages for the time being, just be sure.

Has your Galaxy device been hit with this issue? If so, try the above steps to restore a degree of normality, and let us know how you get on in the comments below. 

Hopefully, whatever the issue is with the Gear / Oculus VR software, a fix is released post-haste. 

source: Reddit (1), (2), (3

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35 Comments

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

My coworker's S7 Edge is experiencing this exact thing. Told me last night that the night before after charging it and unplugging it the phone got crazy hot and the battery was draining like mad.

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

He just told me that there was indeed an update for the Oculus app that he noticed yesterday. He already did a factory reset, which fixed the problem.

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

The app on Play shows the last update was on the 19th, but it's likely there was a much more recent one that got pulled because of this issue. Otherwise, we'da heard about this several days ago and not within the last day or so.

10. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Exact same thing happened to me. Deleting the oculus app or restoring will fix it. I was team lagdroid for a couple hours but now it's like butter.

8. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

I thought the answer would be, "return it and purchase a different phone"

11. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I seriously want to like Samsung. Like, I even picked up an S6 Edge last week, and I like it, but I can't see a reason to neglecting all of these battery problems. Not to mention the "knights" that patrol every forum looking for anyone who doesn't praise Samsung as their God. They make me want to avoid Samsung products altogether with that nonsense.

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I know what you mean. I picked up the S7 Edge because I liked it (and still do) but feel almost ashamed when those S-boys open their mouths that I even own a Samsung. Good thing it won't be for much longer though lol. I am glad my phone doesn't get updates automatically (since I am running a rooted custom S-rom)

39. iC-118

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

What's wrong being a fanboy? That's like saying I'm a Barcelona fanboy, and hate Brazil..... What's the problem? Why should you be ashamed, since you would buy anything, unlike others who only likes what they cherish.

44. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Nothing wrong with being a fanboy, unless it means you are blind for the negative things of your own brand and keep putting down other brands with 'facts' that aren't even true. And make it appear you have one goal in life, shoot the hardest how good your brand is and attack anyone who has something to say otherwise.

23. TerryTerius unregistered

To be totally honest with you, I suspect that there is a bit of sensationalism at play here. Much like with antennagate or bendgate with the previous iPhones. If there is an issue, it will be focused on and blown way out of proportion because it creates controversy, which generates revenue. Same exact reason that journalists tend to focus on negative stories, no one gives a damn when everything is working as planned. In no way shape or form am I trying to delegitimize problems that occur within devices, that is an inevitability. It is impossible for any company on this planet to mass produce items without a certain number coming out of the factory with defects no matter how good their quality control is. But, those negative experiences are nearly always only an issue for a small minority of consumers. But if you read tech sites, you would believe every issue is a miniature Armageddon. The story will get run into the ground so long as it generates clicks. Especially since there is only so much to talk about when it comes to tech news anyway. Samsung definitely screwed up here and deserves the criticism. No one rational would deny that. But it is true that literally every incident that occurs across the world will be looked at under a microscope, and they will be held to a different standard than every other tech company on Earth because of it. All I'm saying is, context is so often left out. For every one of these horror stories about Sony, Samsung, HTC, LG, Apple, etc. There are hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers Who haven't had any issues, or at least have only had minor ones.

24. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Well said...... I just wish more people were as reasonable as you and Rebel on this site.

27. TerryTerius unregistered

And you are one of my favorite people on here as well my dude, no question. It just comes down to tribalism and the anonymity of the Internet. People have a tendency to gravitate towards being in camps, division is a natural state for us. That is exacerbated when you don't have to see somebody in person and it makes it easy to get really nasty, or throw logic out of the window in favor of emotion. In all honesty, I legitimately believe that comment sections have single-handedly done more to polarize people and reinforce world views than any other invention of the modern age. You can find validation no matter what your stance is on anything, and that makes you much less likely to open yourself to contrary opinion or facts that discredit your stance. When you can choose your own reality, actually reality becomes meaningless. It is true that you can come across amazing people, stories, and information in comment sections. Some conversations can be life-changing, for the better. Making you look at the world a new ways, or making friends that can last a lifetime. But I am leaning on the side of thinking they've done more harm than good.

30. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Look at you... all reasonable and sensible ;) Always a pleasure to read your comments...

29. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Did you just call me reasonable? You take that back, you troll ;) But thanks, likewise you're one of the few balanced people out here that just like tech in general. Balanced at least when the trolls don't get under your skin. Man.. you can go mental then ;)

31. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Trolls can do that to people. It doesn't help that I'm...... let's just say confrontational.......by my nature. But hey, can't be helped I suppose :D.

32. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Must be that passionate latin blood lol

14. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Best fix: Buy an iPhone.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's so funny, that after the Note 7 episode, all of a sudden everyone is so worried about their phone getting warm. What were they doing before. We are to believe that all of a sudden, everyone phone is getting hot and everyone is scared its gonna blow. Since the iFans keep blaming Samsung for everything, I'm blaming Apple. They knew the Note 7 was going to continue the @$$-kicking the S7 already was giving the iPhone for the past 2 quarters, so they paid Samsung SDI to sabotage the Note 7 30 day early release, so that the Note 7 would appear at its normally scheduled release time to give Apple a chance to get sales with their 3-peat iPhone. Since they blame Samsung for everything, I'm gonna blame Apple for all of Samsung's problems.

19. det_bradlee

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

Cannot uninstall or disable "Gear VR Service" on TMo S6Edge. I've removed just about everything else, but this one does not allow you to do anything but roll back to the original version. Doing so will just cause another auto update to get pulled sooner or later.

40. sabretigger

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Same here on the s7. Disable and force stop are greyed out.

45. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

You need to download package Disabler pro app to disable all Gear VR without root and other Samsung bloatwaer. But be carful don't disable system apps your phone going to brick. There's other app call it Activity launcher for hidden setting and background sync apps that cause heats and lag the phones especially Android phones both apps works will with S7's, but Package disabler pro made especially for Samsung phones.

25. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

excuses excuses.

34. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

My Note 5 wasn't getting hot, but the battery was draining like crazy. Like 30% in less than an hour just sitting. I ended up just resetting the device back to factory and uninstalling/disabling apps that I don't use. Since then, I'm only down 15% in 7 hours.

46. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

https://youtu.be/4Sd_Ux60aEc Sad even S7 edge thinking to sell mine soon :/

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